Saturday, December 02, 2006

Chung King Mansions | An Urban Blight

One glance at the building shows distinctive signs of urban blight. Situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s premier tourist district, Tsim Sha Tsui, and steps away from the beautiful Victoria Harbor, overlooking the Central Business District in Hong Kong Island, is a dilapidated highrise known as the Chung King Mansions. Fronting Kowloon Peninsula’s main thoroughfare, Nathan Road, also known as the Golden Mile, the tower is very evident. The lower levels are occupied by a shopping center with skyrocketing rents. The remainder is home to offices, as well as, many hostels and motels operated by the individual owners and managers on different levels of the building, inexpensive rooms are always available for rent to the traveler on a budget. Neighbors include the world-renowned Peninsula Hotel and many luxury fashion boutiques such as Louis Vuitton and Dior. One would ask why such a building would exist in the center of prestige.

6 comments:

Glen said...

I know the building you are referring to and I have to agree with you 100%. Something has to change soon!

Jen said...

The imagery is phenomenal. I have not been outside of the continental US but sounds like a great place to go.

Cherry said...

I agree that it looks offbeat. Of course the government is already working on that although the result is not apparent.

stevie said...

Yeah, I know of that building. I am scared of going near it...

Anonymous said...

Chung King Mansions, I read this article on wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chungking_Mansions

Quite interesting. It seems quite affordable for prime HK real estate.

cheap hotel at london said...

Nice Post. I have heard about Chung King Mansion it wa a place to visit.

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